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'File 82/27 VI (F 87) Qatar Oil' [‎116r] (246/454)

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The record is made up of 1 file (221 folios). It was created in 17 Jan 1935-30 Apr 1935. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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as to who might be behind Major Holmes, hut thought it
probable that it was the Eastern and General Syndicate again.
They thought it most unlikely that he was acting in any way
on behalf of the Standard. The chances of the latter had
not been improved by Ibn Saud's raising the boundary
question, which had stiffened the Sheikh's attitude.
4. The Company's representatives enquired what the
attitude of H.'M.G. would be if negotiations now broke down
and if the Sheikh subsequently intimated his desire to grant
the concession to another company on less favourable terms
than had been offered by the A.P.O.C. It was pointed out
to them that the attitude of H.M.G. to any fresh competitor
must depend largely on circumstances; that there ¥/ere
great difficulties in urging the Sheikh to give the A.P.O.C.
what would in effect be a continuing option on the
concession on whatever terms they were at this stage
prepared to offer; but that in the first place, so far as
the Standard of California were concerned, it seemed most
unlikely that an American Company would be prepared to
accept the British safeguards which the Sheikh was aware
were a sine qua non of H.M.G.'6 approval to the grant of
any concession, while so far as other companies who might
comply with these conditions were concerned there seemed
no reason why the Sheikh, if his negotiations with the
A.P.O.C. broke down on the question of finance, should be
prepared to accept less favourable terms from another
company. The "British safeguards" would of course ee of
universal application.
idia Office,
28th March, 1935.

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The volume contains correspondence and telegrams between the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain and the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. at Bushire, the Government of India, the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. in London and Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives in regard to the negotiations with the Sheikh of Qatar, ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, for the oil concession.

The volume contains numerous draft agreements on the Qatar oil concession and also a 'Sketch map of Qatar Peninsula' (folio 22).

There are some letters in Arabic, to and from the Sheikh of Qatar.

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1 file (221 folios)
Arrangement

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 210-214). The file notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with reference numbers in red crayon, which refer back to that correspondence in the volume.

There is also a brief index at the beginning (f. 1v) indicating the main topics covered in the volume.

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The main foliation is written in pencil, circled, and can be found in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. The numbering commences at the title page with 1 and 1A; then 2-21; 22 and 22A; 23-25; 26 is missing or omitted; 27-65; 66 and 66A; 67-127; 128, 128A and 128B and terminates at the last folio with 217. A second incomplete foliation sequence is present between ff. 29-160; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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